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Friday, July 5, 2019

M. TOSIKAZ -- Friday Night

Another groovy track from "Light Mellow: Drive", you folks must have known that I had been waiting for a Friday night to put this one on.

So, why not start tonight's round of "Kayo Kyoku Plus" with a City Pop number that is titled "Friday Night". Performed and composed by singer-songwriter Toshikazu Miura(三浦年一)under his nom de plume, M. TOSIKAZ, this was originally from his lone 1983 album "M. TOSIKAZ I", and it has that hearty strut-and-shuffle arrangement by Naoki Watanabe(渡辺直樹)who was part of Spectrum and AB'S.

In fact, all of AB'S was there in the recording booth helping M. out. Yup, AB'S' Makoto Matsushita(松下誠), Fujimal Yoshino(芳野藤丸), Hidetoshi Yamada(山田秀俊), Atsuo Okamoto(岡本郭男)along with Watanabe and a few others backed him up here. Even M's old bandmate from Orange, Kyoko Omiya(大宮京子)was assisting on backup vocals. Not sure if "Friday Night" would be an ideal theme for Friday nights in Shibuya or Roppongi in 2019, but perhaps back in 1983, this would have made for a really nice musical accompaniment with the horns as a nice gang of workers after work decide to paint the town aka.

Miura may have only had the one album but since then, he's provided music for a lot of other artists ranging from Miho Nakayama(中山美穂)to Mariko Takahashi(高橋真梨子). Plus, he's also contributed to movie soundtracks and anime.

With the summer weather here in Toronto, I hope that a lot of you are enjoying those beers and cocktails out on the patios everywhere.

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